This week, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other members of “The Elders” released statements calling for peace in Sudan. Archbishop Tutu said: “This is a critical time for the people of Sudan and the African continent. I pray that voting will be peaceful, but if things go badly, it’s likely that there will be further conflict. We have to do all we can to prevent that.”
Exactly one month from yesterday the Southern Sudanese people will vote on whether to secede from Sudan and form a new country. Experts fear that this referendum could spark large-scale violence. Reports of increased violence against civilians, blocked humanitarian aid, and human rights abuses in Darfur continue. The U.S. government is already focused on Sudan, but there are some key pieces missing in their work. You can help by sending your plan for peace to President Obama today.